It all began when Thandiswa Losi – daughter of Nonceba Nancy Losi-Tutu – walked out of a restaurant on Esselen Street where she had picked up friends in the small hours of Sunday morning.
“As we came out there were a lot of police cars, five or six that were in the road,” said Losi. She alleged she saw a group of police beating up a man for an unknown reason. “And when I looked to my side there was a woman they were dragging by the neck. When I saw this I pulled out my phone and I tried to record it,” Losi explained.
While trying to start the recording a police officer “came from nowhere and grabbed my phone, slapped me and dragged me into the police van, with the woman who was dragged in the road. She was assaulted because she was recording the police beating up the guy.”
In a recent poll on The Citizen, 41% of respondents said they had been a victim of police brutality.
Stuffed into the back of the police vehicle, Losi said she watched as police swept down the street arresting people.
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“Random people, who were doing absolutely nothing wrong and one woman refused. She was kicking and screaming why were they locking her up. The police officers beat her up because she was screaming what they were doing was unlawful. They eventually handcuffed her and put her in the front of the van,” said Losi.
Another woman was allegedly forced into the back of the van with Losi, making three arrested in total. Right up until the officers allegedly arrested Losi’s boyfriend, “He kept on asking why are you arresting me, what’s going on, so they put him in another van.”
Once at the police station, the officers apparently told the women if they unlocked their phones so police could see what was recorded, the women would be set free.
Losi said she refused and was locked up. “The whole time we were locked up they kept on verbally assaulting us and calling us b**ches. They were telling us they have the power, they have the power to do anything they want, they run these streets, they are the police they can do whatever they want. You never think you’re going to land in jail, I was raised in a good home,” said the civil engineer.
Losi is set to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court Tuesday.
The Justice Project of South Africa and DA Shadow Minister of Police Dianne Kohler-Barnard offered to assist Losi with reporting the matter to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.